My son and I have a love-hate relationship with peppermint and extra sweet treats. We adore them. Impulsively buy them. But afterwards we’ll just ignore and cast them aside 🙄
Love And Hate For Peppermint
Yael always asks us to buy peppermint lollipops. I know that he doesn’t like to eat it but will buy it anyway because I love to see his shocked face and hear him say:
“Yuck! It tastes like Daddy’s toothpaste!”
We only buy him peppermint pops every December yet he never forgets to complain every year.
Love And Hate For Super Sweet Stuff
I love desserts (my Instagram is a proof) but I don’t like them if they are too sweet. And because of that, I always try my best to cut the amount of sweeteners in my recipes so I could give you dessert recipes that aren’t very sweet.
But as soon as I pass by a café or sweets shop, my mind goes blank and my body walks to the shop on its own, like I’m being sucked into a magic hole. When I wake up to my senses, I already have a box of super sweet goodies in my hands.
Last Monday, I asked Yael to help me make a dessert with peppermint and something super sweet such as white chocolate chips. The easiest no-bake recipe I could think of is chocolate fudge! It’s my first time to make a fudge so I searched a couple of basic recipes on the web and found that the “common” or “general” ingredients for an 8×8-inch pan is 3 cups of white chocolate chips and 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk. There are many varieties of big condensed milk in supermarkets with different net weights (325g, 387g, etc.) but if you can find a 390g can, go for it!
And for added flavor, we took the bag of KitKat Green Tea wafers in the fridge (sssshhhh 🤐) And of course, there’s the peppermint *for the spirit of peppermint season* 🍭🎄
While stirring the melted white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk, I began to question myself why I chose a fudge recipe 😅 Imagine combining these two super sweet ingredients! I cringed when we tasted it a bit. Sooo sweet! And the moment Yael saw the crushed peppermint candies, he already know what it was and started to beg “Nooooo… I don’t want to eat that”. But he still helped me sprinkle the peppermint candies.
Is it a 👍 or 👎?
Surprisingly, the fudge turned out really good! I think the green tea KitKats made it more yummy! I may be biased because I love green tea/matcha and KitKat but honestly, it tastes really good and addictive. And the peppermint goes well with the white chocolate too 💚 White chocolate fudge is still too sweet for me so I might do another fudge recipe using dark chocolate next time!
So, how’s our baby boy with the peppermint? You can tell by just looking at these pictures…
After eating the fudge, Yael asked for the leftover crushed peppermint candies and he put some to his hot chocolate ☕
What the fudge?!
- 3 cups (540 g) white chocolate chips
- 14 ounces (390g can) sweetened condensed milk
- 16 Kit Kat Green Tea (or Matcha) wafer fingers, chopped
- peppermint candies, crushed
- Line 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper (I use nonstick parchment paper) leaving an overhang on the sides so we can easily lift the fudge later. Lightly grease or spray with oil. Wipe any excess oil with paper towel.
- Combine sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl. Set aside.
- Fill saucepan with water (about ¼ full) and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Place the heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan. The mixture will be very thick so use a sturdy spatula in mixing. Stir the ingredients until the white chocolate chips has melted and the mixture is completely smooth. Remove bowl from saucepan.
- Fold the chopped Kit Kat to the mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the spatula.
- Sprinkle top with crushed peppermint candies and refrigerate overnight.
- Once set, lift the fudge from the pan using the overhang. Remove the foil/parchment. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into small squares.
- Keep leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.